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toulouse, france

toulouse, france

Over Semana Santa (Holy Week, or the Spanish equivalent of an American Spring break), we flew from Madrid to Toulouse for a road trip around southern France.  Before we picked up our rental car and set off on our grand adventure, though, we spent a day exploring France's fourth-largest city.  To be honest, I'd never really heard of Toulouse before searching for flights during the planning stages of our trip, and figured since that was the case, well, there must not be much there.  I can assure you, even after spending only about 24 hours in the city, I couldn't have been more wrong.

valencia, spain

valencia, spain

For the last leg of our train trip (see our first stop in Zaragoza here and the middle - and longest bit - in Barcelona here) we made a day and a half long stop in Valencia, Spain's third largest city.  Now, I have to say that I wasn't all that sure what to expect for our time in Valencia.  A few (Spaniards) had given me dismal reviews of the city ("It's like the Jersey Shore of Spain - I hate it!") but foreigners we knew who had visited seemed to really like it.  Nevertheless, I tried to keep an open mind because I have a thing for places along the sea and I was also particularly stoked to visit the City of Arts & Sciences.  So, without further ado...another riveting blow by blow of how we spent our time in yet another pretty European city!